How well does acupuncture work for IC?

IC is not a condition that has one cause and one treatment. Some patients get great benefit with acupuncture. Others do better with medications or hypnosis or homeopathy. Many patients do best with a combination of treatments. However, no two patients are alike.

To learn if complementary and alternative treatments might work for you, find a clinician who is certified in acupuncture. Check out www.medicalacupuncture.org and www.nccaom.org.

This question was answered in the ICA webinar, Q & A: Finding Better Relief, featuring urogynecologist Barry Jarnagin, MD, and urologist Ragi Doggweiler, MD. View the webinar to learn more about this topic.

Do you recommend hypnosis? How well has it worked with frequency or pain?

Hypnotherapy can be very helpful with pain, and you can learn to hypnotize yourself and learn to control your pain on your own. However, there is not one approach that is the solution for everybody. If you go on the webpage of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) you can find a practitioner close to you.

This question was answered in the ICA webinar, Q & A: Finding Better Relief, featuring urogynecologist Barry Jarnagin, MD, and urologist Ragi Doggweiler, MD. View the webinar to learn more about this topic.

What happens in physical therapy?

If you have ever had low back muscle spasms, neck spasms, a muscle problem, you know that muscle needs to be lengthened and the spasm worked out. This requires kneading, massage, palpation, trigger point palpation, and other techniques. The only difference between the pelvic muscles and other muscles is that these muscles are more difficult to reach.

Look for a physical therapist who is specially trained to treat IC and chronic pelvic pain. Contact the American Physical Therapy Association, www.womenshealthapta.org/plp/index.cfm, 800-999-APTA, ext 3229.

This question was answered in the ICA webinar, Q & A: Finding Better Relief, featuring urogynecologist Barry Jarnagin, MD, and urologist Ragi Doggweiler, MD. View the webinar to learn more about this topic.

Why do we do pelvic floor muscle massage after injections? In other muscles we wait two days.

Trigger point injections and physical therapy are done immediately after the injection, because at this point the muscle is ready to get trained. One risk in waiting two days is that the effect of the injection will be reduced because the muscle is not relaxed.

This question was answered in the ICA webinar, Q & A: Finding Better Relief, featuring urogynecologist Barry Jarnagin, MD, and urologist Ragi Doggweiler, MD. View the webinar to learn more about this topic.

Is it a good idea to experiment with homeopathic remedies? Can they be dangerous or unsafe?

Some homeopathic remedies are safe and appear to help. Others are safe with questionable effectiveness. Others can have adverse side effects. It’s a good idea to discuss all therapies that you try with your doctor. Read more about IC and complementary and alternative medicines.

This question was answered in the ICA webinar, Q & A: Finding Better Relief, featuring urogynecologist Barry Jarnagin, MD, and urologist Ragi Doggweiler, MD. View the webinar to learn more about this topic.

Revised Monday, March 30th, 2015